Bucks’ Jennings productive in Game 1 of 10-day deal

Brandon Jennings‘ return to the Milwaukee Bucks was a productive one.

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A former first-round pick of the Bucks, Jennings pick spent time in China after leaving the NBA last year, then signed with the G League’s Wisconsin Herd before returning to Milwaukee on a 10-day contract.

So far, he’s make the most of the brief deal.

Jennings came within two rebounds of a triple-double in the Bucks’ win over the Memphis Grizzlies, his first since signing, registering 16 points, 12 assists and eight boards.

He’s just the 14th player in NBA history to post 15-plus points, 12-plus assists and eight-plus rebounds in his season debut, a list which includes Russell Westbrook, who opened the 2017-18 season with 21 points, 16 assists and 11 rebounds.

Player Team Date TRB AST PTS
Brandon Jennings Bucks 3/12/18 8 12 16
Russell Westbrook Thunder 10/19/17 10 16 21
LeBron James Cavaliers 10/25/16 11 14 19
Brandon Knight Bucks 10/29/14 8 13 22
Chris Paul Hornets 10/31/07 8 12 22
Chris Duhon Bulls 11/02/05 10 12 18
T.J. Ford Bucks 11/01/05 9 14 16
Jason Kidd Nets 10/30/02 8 12 16
Lionel Simmons Clippers 11/01/91 8 12 15
Larry Bird Celtics 11/02/90 9 15 18
Magic Johnson Lakers 11/03/89 9 12 20
Magic Johnson Lakers 10/30/81 14 12 27
Nate Thurmond Bulls 10/18/74 14 13 22
Oscar Robertson Royals 10/16/63 14 15 22

Jennings was among the Bucks’ leaders during his first stint with the team from 2009-13, averaging 17 points, 5.7 assists and 3.4 rebounds while helping the Bucks to the playoffs twice in four seasons. Milwaukee dealt him to the Detroit Pistons for Khris Middleton, Brandon Knight and Viacheslav Kravtsov in 2013.

Other notes:

— The Bucks’ upcoming meeting with the Orlando Magic is their third of the season. Milwaukee won both previous games by seven points.

— Jennings was one of seven different Bucks to chip in at least 10 points against the Grizzlies.

— Guard Eric Bledsoe is averaging 21 points on 54.4 percent shooting, 5.6 assists and 4.9 rebounds over the Bucks’ last eight road games.

— The Magic have lost their last five straight, all on the road, but have won their last two at home.

Statistics courtesy of STATS